Viral UK singer/songwriter Sam Ryder has announced details of his debut single, “Whirlwind” – how else could you begin to describe the journey that Sam has been on over the past year?
He has spent much of his adult life touring in metal and rock bands, lived in Hawaii for a while and even owned a vegan coffee shop, but now the time is right to pursue his dream of becoming a solo artist.
As the world was being put into lockdown in March – he uploaded the first of his now famous covers. They quickly caught the attention of some famous fans (think Justin Bieber, Sia, Alicia Keys and Elton John) – with compilations of his videos appearing on The Ellen Show, BBC’s Newsbeat and more. As the videos kept coming, so did the fans – with his socials standing at over ten million followers to date and hundreds of thousands of comments.
“Whirlwind” was written and produced in collaboration with Jamie Hartman (Ivor Novello Award, BMI Pop Award, Brits Award, other credits: Rag n Bone Man, Calvin Harris, Lewis Capaldi, Celeste, Louis Tomlinson) with additional production from Dan Grech-Marguerat (Grammy Award, Lana Del Rey, George Ezra, Tom Grennan) and Max Wolfgang.
Sam says of the track, “To be frustratingly ambiguous about the meaning (I’ll let you make up your own mind) when you’re spiralling, up or down, there are forces at work that are beyond your control. In essence, if you ever find yourself swept up in a whirlwind, it might (or might not) be of some comfort to know that where you end up may not be completely up to you”.
With a record deal with Parlophone Records/Elektra Records to his name, Sam has spent the last few months writing and recording original songs with some of the finest writers and producers from around the world and is set to continue his meteoric rise.
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